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Juvenile Arthritis Eased With Lavender, Peppermint


Author: Paula C.
Skill: Healer
Date: 11-17-2009
Views: 11,998
Word Count: 331
Questions Received: 4
Testimonial ID: 3946-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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My 10 year old niece was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis at age 8. Her left ankle was the primary source of pain and inflammation.

After exploratory surgery confirming Juvenile Arthritis, she was given medication that included steroids(she put on 40 pounds)---- there was no improvement. She was getting worse and limping when walking; she could no longer participate in school gym or even run around in the yard; nor could she sleep through the night because of the aches and pain. Her mother took her off of the medication and hoped that she would outgrow Juvenile Arthritis when she got older as the doctors said 'could happen'.

Then they heard about Young Living Oils. Lavender and Peppermint were applied to her left ankle every night at bedtime, starting in July. She began to sleep through the night and the pain and throbbing began subsiding.

In August, she could walk without limping and her dad (a non-believer) noticed that her left ankle was no longer turned inward and swollen. He kept asking what medications was she on and was told "Nothing but the oils"!

In September, she started actively participating in gym class at school again. She also decided to put Lavender on the many stretch marks across her thighs (caused by the weight gain).

In October, after her visit to her Juvenile Arthritis doctor(last one was in June), her parents were informed that there was very little--"if any"-- evidence of Juvenile Arthritis in her blood work.

Now, in November, she has 'NO' stretch marks; her exploratory incision scar has gone down from 1/4" wide to the size of a pencil line; and she is preparing to run for cross-country competition (as her older brothers do).

She continues to do her nightly ritual (she says just because she loves them!) and now her brothers(16 & 18 years old) are taking 'her' oils for their sore muscles, scrapes, bruises, colds and congestion.

We are so grateful for Young Living essential oils. What a blessing!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: inflammation — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
2.Associated topics: general-pain — "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
3.Associated topics: general-pain — "Peppermint and its active ingredient menthol have long been used for the treatment of various pain conditions including headache.... Menthol solution can be an efficacious, safe and tolerable therapeutic option for the abortive treatment of migraine."Link
4.Associated topics: general-pain,inflammation — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
5.Associated topics: inflammation — "To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, effects of essential oils on neutrophil activation were examined in vitro.... All essential oils tested at 0.1% concentration suppressed TNF-945;-induced neutrophil adherence, and, in particular, lemongrass, geranium, and spearmint oils clearly lowered the reaction even at 0.0125%. Similar inhibitory activities for the neutrophil adherence were obtained by their major constituent terpenoids: citral, geraniol, citronellol and carvone. Thus, some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil activation by TNF-945; at a low concentration (0.0125-0.025%) in vitro."Link
6.Associated topics: general-pain — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
7.Associated topics: general-pain — "In traditional folk medicine, tarragon [Artemisia dracunculus L. (Asteraceae)] has been used for treatment of pain and gastrointestinal disturbances.... This study reported the peripheral and central antinociceptive activity of the EOAD [essential oil of A. dracunculus] and rationalized the traditional use of the plant in the treatment of different painful conditions."Link
8.Associated topics: joints,general-pain,inflammation,arthritis — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link

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